Protect green standards after Brexit, farmers tell Villiers

The government should establish a commission to protect the UK’s environmental and animal welfare standards in any post-Brexit trade deals, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has urged.

In a letter to environment secretary Theresa Villiers, NFU president Minette Batters has warned that farmers and members of the public “need assurance that the UK’s high welfare and environmental standards will not be undermined by the UK’s post-Brexit trade policy”.

Michael Gove, Villiers’ predecessor at DEFRA, agreed earlier this year to set up the commission, although the NFU has expressed concern that there has been no progress to date. 

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